E.R.I. Group’s Rick Miller Announces Retirement - Engine Builder Magazine

E.R.I. Group’s Rick Miller Announces Retirement

Rick Miller, president and co-founder of the E.R.I. Group (Engine Rebuilders Inc.) in Canada, has announced his retirement after 35 years. He has been named President Emeritus and will remain as a consultant and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Rick Miller, president and co-founder of the E.R.I. Group (Engine Rebuilders Inc.) in Canada, has announced his retirement after 35 years. He has been named President Emeritus and will remain as a consultant and Chairman of the Board of Directors for an extended period.

The E.R.I. Group was incorporated in 1982 when, as the owner of an automotive machine shop in Toronto, Miller found it difficult to keep his parts costs down as compared with the larger production rebuilders in the area. Rick joined with three other owners of independent engine rebuilder shops to form a group dedicated to engine rebuilders.

Miller believed that each members’ purchasing power would be greatly enhanced by purchasing parts from suppliers in greater collective quantities with the other machine shops under E.R.I.’s umbrella. Engine part suppliers quickly responded and began to offer deeper discounted prices based on large quantities being sold to the group. Thirty five years later, E.R.I. Engine Rebuilders Inc. is recognized as the largest Canadian engine parts buying group in Canada, with a membership of over 263 members from coast to coast across Canada and 108 suppliers.

Even as E.R.I.’s purchases grew, many suppliers in Canada were downsizing their operations and removing their local warehouse facilities. In order to maximize the availability of engine parts, Miller again had the foresight to open I.P.W. Independent Parts Warehousing Inc. in Ontario, a warehouse dedicated to the E.R.I. members. A second warehouse was opened in 2001 in Edmonton, Alberta and a third warehouse in Quebec City, Quebec in 2003 (the Quebec City warehouse closed in 2008).

In addition to his work over the years with the buying group, Miller also devoted his time to various organizations in the automotive industry. He sat on Committees and Councils for A.I.A. (Automotive Industries Association of Canada), A.R.C. (Automotive Repower Council), AMPA (Automotive Machine Parts Association) and A.A.I.A (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association) in the U.S. Rick also chaired a steering committee dedicated to training and education for the Province of Ontario, leading to the creation of the Motive Power Machinist training program, and created the exam for the province that led to certification of the trade.

“On the surface, E.R.I. is about engine parts, volume discounts and greater success for independent businesses,” says Miller. “But it’s really about more than that. The strength of E.R.I. has always been the people who make it work and the relationships they’ve developed with one another. The commitment, the dedication, the support and the belief in possibilities that these people show every day and have, in many cases, shown for two decades, is what makes E.R.I. unique. To them, all I can say is ‘thank you.’”

For more information: theerigroup.com.

You May Also Like

Dayco Recruits Craig Frohock as its New Aftermarket/Belt CEO

Dayco, a leading engine product and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial market segments, is delighted to announce that Craig Frohock accepted the opportunity to join Dayco Aftermarket and Belts as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 16, 2023. Reporting directly to the Board of Dayco, Craig is responsible for the business

Dayco, a leading engine product and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial market segments, is delighted to announce that Craig Frohock accepted the opportunity to join Dayco Aftermarket and Belts as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 16, 2023. Reporting directly to the Board of Dayco, Craig is responsible for the business unit’s global operational performance and strategic direction. 

WyoTech to Unveil New Campus Expansion

WyoTech, a leading U.S. automotive, diesel, and collision trade school, announces it will host an open house on Nov. 19 to unveil the 90,000-square-foot expansion to its Laramie, Wyoming campus. The $16 million expansion will allow the school to increase its capacity to 1,200 students to accommodate a rapidly growing enrollment. Related Articles – Holley

Holley Announces 2023 Event Dates

Holley Performance Parts has revealed the dates for its popular high-performance race events, including an all-new gathering for LS enthusiasts in Texas.  Related Articles – Nominations Open for SEMA Hall of Fame – Shelby American to Build 750hp Mustang for Carroll Shelby’s 100th Birthday – The 2023 Engine Performance EXPO Starts Today! Holley is again

2023 Drive for Diversity Driver Development Class Announced

NASCAR and Rev Racing have announced the next generation of drivers participating in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Following a national and international search, eight talented drivers were selected for the newest class after participating in the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine. Related Articles – Lucas Oil Welcomes 15th Year

Joe Morrison Teams With Herzhauser for Switch From Top Fuel to Funny Car in 2023

Joe Morrison, who gained a loyal following over his first three seasons in Top Fuel, will switch to the nitro Funny Car class in 2023, driving for East Coast-based owner Mark Herzhauser. Related Articles – Jesel Valvetrain Founder Dan Jesel Has Passed Away – Josh Steinmetz Named Hot Shot’s Secret Brand Manager – Hoonigan Co-Founder

Other Posts

NGK Spark Plugs Adds Jeffrey Schlenker as GM of Purchasing

NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.)—the Wixom, Michigan-based manufacturer of ignition parts and sensors—has announced Jeffrey Schlenker has joined the company as general manager of Purchasing.   Related Articles – Ralph Sheheen Among Inductees for 2023 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame – SEMA Statement on the Status of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act –

Ralph Sheheen Among Inductees for 2023 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame has announced its 2023 inductees, who will be honored on Saturday, June 3, for the 33rd induction ceremonies in Knoxville, Iowa. Among the names is SPEED SPORT’s Ralph Sheheen, who also serves as the host of PRI’s Grand Opening Breakfast.  Related Articles – Introducing Screen to Speed Powered

SEMA Statement on the Status of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act

SEMA and PRI must share that despite strong Congressional backing and extraordinary support from the racing community, the 2021-2022 Congressional session is ending without passage of the RPM Act. Related Articles – Hot Shot’s Secret Signs Two Year ODSS Title Sponsorship – Chris Douglas Named President, CEO of Edelbrock Group – Kyle Fickler Joins ProCharger

Race Winning Brands Strengthens MGP Connecting Rods Team

As a leading manufacturer of performance components for the automotive and powersports markets, Race Winning Brands (RWB) is proud to announce a new member of its dedicated team to further support customers and racers with the addition of Ross Clark in a Technical Sales role, focused on the MGP Connecting Rods brand with supplementary support